President Obama and Secretary Vilsack: Kill the Filthy Chicken Rule.

Only Superman could inspect 175 chickens per minute. Eliminating government inspectors and replacing them with chicken company employees may save a few dollars, but at too high a price.

Watch the video to find out what's really in your chicken.


Then, fill out the form below to tell President Obama and Secretary Vilsack to abandon their "Filthy Chicken Rule."



More on the Filthy Chicken Rule

  • Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack has a plan to change the way safety inspection is done on our poultry, and his plan would make our food less safe and put workers in danger.
  • Vilsack's plan would turn most poultry inspection over to the very companies that produce our poultry, leaving only one government inspector per plant to inspect over 175 birds per minute — that's three birds per second!
  • Articles in the Washington Post have exposed serious deficiencies in the pilot plants using this privatized inspection model.
  • In early March, over 100 farm, consumer, environmental and multi-issue advocacy groups and businesses across the country denounced the plan.
  • In a January 20, 2014 editorial, the Charlotte Observer said: "This change would remove the little bit of oversight the federal government has. Officials need to rethink it."
  • The USDA is pushing this plan even though a government report says that the pilot project is putting our food safety in jeopardy.

    Get the latest on our blog.

Recipients

  • President Barack Obama
  • Secretary Thomas 'Tom' James Vilsack

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Stop Pushing the Filthy Chicken Rule

Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you to withdraw the so-called "Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection" regulation, or the "Filthy Chicken Rule," that would turn most poultry inspection over to poultry companies so that they can police themselves.

The proposed rule would decrease the number of USDA inspectors in poultry plants while increasing line speeds up to 175 birds per minute or three birds per second. In order to compensate for missed fecal contamination, the proposed rule would permit companies to use more anti-microbial chemicals to clean the poultry carcasses.

This rule will lead to unsafe food and unsafe working conditions, and will put consumer health at risk by allowing inadequate inspection of poultry. I urge you to withdraw this rule for privatizing poultry inspection.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]